Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher

Readings/ Writers’ Conferences/ Courses Offered

Priscilla has three new books out.

  •  Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press)
  • Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press)
  • Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press)

April 29, May 6, May 13. Tools for a Life in Art. Three Saturdays, 1- 3 o’clock..  Richard Hugo House.

This special workshop for writers or painters (or anyone involved in making any sort of art!) will overview the remarkably consistent habits and practices of world-class creators—artists, composers, writers, etc. We will do a series of writing exercises with an eye to discovering our strengths as creators along with areas we could ramp up by trying a new practice. Master teacher Priscilla Long is author of Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (book provided to participants with cost of workshop). All levels of experience are welcome from beginning to advanced. Bring a notebook to write in.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 22, 23, 24, 2017. Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, Bellingham. Master class: “Prose Style: Writing Virtuoso Sentences to Increase the Power of Your Prose.” Breakout session: Becoming a More Effective Creator.

July 16–23, 2017. The Port Townsend Writer’s Conference. A week-long, generative and craft-oriented course in creative nonfiction/memoir. We will write deeply and from the heart. We will look closely at brilliant models of short creative nonfictions/memoir and generate from three to five new pieces of our own, using the writing practice method originated by Peter Elbow and Natalie Goldberg. You are also invited to bring any manuscript you are already working on, to work new craft moves on. We will work intensely on craft—always in relation to our own works in progress. Our craft work will center on matters such as crafting a great opening, making (good) metaphors, composing sentences that enact what they mean as well as say what they mean (for example a shattering experience might be expressed in a shattered sentence, i.e., fragments). We will hone our observation skills by doing a daily observation practice. We will get feedback on our pieces from one another.  We will write by hand in a notebook (no computers in class) but please also bring your laptop or a flash drive for use in the computer room, as all assignments will be handed in typed. We’ll use my book The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writer’s Life, and we will have fun! To register go to


Regular Writing Courses Offered:

Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.  


Three Saturdays: April 29, May 6, May 13, 1p.m.-3p.m.

Richard Hugo House, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle.
Tools for a Life in Art 

It is remarkable how certain habits of life and work are common to world-class creators of the past and present—from painter to writer to composer to photographer. Priscilla Long, poet, master teacher, and author of the book Minding the Muse will lead this three-Saturday class in which we review these habits and strategies and do writing exercises and a few assignments to explore ways of bringing more of them into our own creative process, whether we are just starting out or an experienced artist or writer. Rollo May said, “What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?” This three-Saturday course intends to nurture that fountainhead of human experience and to provide tools to help anyone’s creativity flourish. Bring a notebook to write in and the required text: Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators.

June Intensive.  Meets at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle

Four evenings in June, Cost $300. Limited to 10.
Monday, June 5, 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, June 8, 7-9 p.m.
Monday, June 12, 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, June 15, 7-9 p.m.

Note: This class is full.